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Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival Officially Begins on October 25t​h​

The Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival announced that its 3rd edition will be held from October 25t​h​ to October 27t​h​ at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. From its inception as the premier film festival in the Los Angeles area for Chinese independent film, the Lacff celebrates the growing number of Chinese heritage and language films from established filmmakers and emerging artists. The three-day festival will have a juried competition in four different categories – Documentary Short, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, and finally, Narrative Feature. In addition, the festival has invited a number of esteemed film industry professionals and Hollywood elites to participate in the festival’s industry panel and other VIP events. Ticket sales for Lacff 2019 have already begun. For more information about Lacff’s services and our new series of packaged tickets, please visit their official website ​here​ or the Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival Wechat page.
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Holocaust

This four part, eight hour miniseries turns the fate of a family of German Jews into a sprawling drama that covers all the bases of the holocaust horror. It was strong stuff and a big Emmy winner, boosting the careers of James Woods and Michael Moriarty. His warped charisma as a psychotic Nazi is so good that he’s consistently more interesting than the courageous victims. As for Meryl Streep, she became an instant star — everybody remembered her from this. Although it’s been called ‘The Holocaust for Dummies,’ it’s a quality show. Looking from today’s perspective, after forty years of Political Correctness adjustments, I’m not sure any two viewers will react in quite the same way.

Holocaust

Blu-ray

CBS Television Studio / Paramount

1978 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 7 hours, 36 min. / Street Date September 24, 2019 / 43.19

Starring: James Woods, Meryl Streep, Michael Moriarty, Joseph Bottoms, Rosemary Harris, Fritz Weaver, Tovah Feldshuh, Deborah Norton,
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Cathy Repola Re-Ups For Five Years As Editors Guild’s National Exec Director

Cathy Repola, national executive director of the Editors Guild, Iatse Local 700, has had her contract extended for another five years. Repola, who has held a series of top jobs at the guild since 1992, has been in her current post since 2016. Her contract was extended by the guild’s board of directors. Last year, she was paid $297,492, according to financial reports filed with the U.S. Dept. of Labor, making her one of Hollywood’s highest paid female labor leaders.

“I am honored that the board has given me this opportunity to continue serving our membership,” Repola said. “I look forward to furthering our progress on behalf of post-production professionals in the years to come.”

“In the past three years, Cathy has provided steady and visionary leadership during a period of dynamic entertainment industry change, including a very challenging renegotiation of the Basic Agreement in 2018,” said Alan Heim, the guild’s president.
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Martin Cohen To Receive Editors Guild’s Fellowship And Service Award

  • Deadline
The Motion Picture Editors Guild will honor veteran Ambin and DreamWorks postproduction executive and producer Martin Cohen with its Fellowship and Service Award during a gala in October. The honor recognizes an individual who embodies the values set forth by the guild: professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of spirit and commitment to the labor movement.

Cohen served as head of postproduction for Amblin Entertainment beginning in 1987 and then for DreamWorks from 1994-2005, before moving to Paramount until 2010. His producer or executive producer credits include The Hunger Games, Mothman, The Seventh Son and Godzilla, and he supervised restorations of the likes of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy and Jaws.

“We are delighted to honor Marty with our Fellowship and Service award,” Mpeg president Alan Heim said. “He perfectly exemplifies the values that the guild holds most dear by forging a career in this industry that has served not only the
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Motion Picture Editors Guild to Honor Veteran Executive Martin Cohen

  • Variety
The Motion Picture Editors Guild will honor veteran post-production executive and producer Martin Cohen with its Fellowship and Service Award.

Cohen worked at Amblin, DreamWorks and Paramount. He was a co-producer on “The Hunger Games” and supervised the restoration Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” trilogy and “Jaws.”

The award recognizes an individual who embodies the values set forth by the guild: professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of spirit and commitment to the labor movement. Cohen will receive the award at a gala in his honor on Oct. 5 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.

Cohen was head of post-production for Amblin Entertainment beginning in 1987 and then for DreamWorks from 1994 to 2005. He then moved to Paramount Pictures where he oversaw all aspects of feature post-production including editorial, sound design, digital intermediates and piracy protection for all the studio’s releases through 2010.

Cohen broke into show business as a production assistant for Ralph Bakshi Productions,
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Hollywood editors guild to honour post-production ace Martin Cohen

Veteran worked at Amblin, DreamWorks, Paramount.

The Motion Picture Editors Guild (Mpeg) will honour post-production executive and producer Martin Cohen with its Fellowship and Service Award, it emerged on Thursday (27).

The honour recognises “an individual who embodies the values set forth by the Guild: professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of spirit and commitment to the labor movement.”

Cohen will receive the award at a gala in his honor on October 5 in Los Angeles. He served as head of post-production at Amblin Entertainment starting in 1987, then at DreamWorks from 1994-2005, before he moved to Paramount Pictures where he oversaw all aspects of feature post-production including editorial,
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Academy relents on Oscar TV show plan

Awards in the four affected categories are back in the ceremony TV broadcast.

Facing a growing tide of industry complaint over its plan to present four awards during ad breaks in this month’s Oscar broadcast, the Us Academy has reversed its decision.

In a brief statement issued on Friday (15) after a meeting with representatives of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) on Thursday (14) evening, the Academy board said: “The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards - Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits,
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Academy relents on Oscar TV show plan

Awards in the four affected categories are back in the ceremony TV broadcast.

Facing a growing tide of industry complaint over its plan to present four awards during ad breaks in this month’s Oscar broadcast, the Us Academy has reversed its decision.

In a brief statement issued on Friday (15) after a meeting with representatives of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) on Thursday (14) evening, the Academy board said: “The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards - Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits,
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Academy relents on Oscar categories plan

Academy relents on Oscar categories plan
Awards in the four affected categories are back in the ceremony TV broadcast.

Facing a growing tide of industry complaint over its plan to present four awards during ad breaks in this month’s Oscar broadcast, the Us Academy has reversed its decision.

In a brief statement issued on Friday (15) after a meeting with representatives of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) on Thursday (14) evening, the Academy board said: “The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards - Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits,
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Editors Guild President: Academy’s Oscars Plan ‘Has Insulted All of Us’

  • The Wrap
In an email to members Thursday night, Motion Picture Editors Guild president Alan Heim called on the film Academy to cancel its plan to exclude four awards, including Best Film Editing, from the live Oscars broadcast.

“In its mandate to shorten the Academy Awards’ telecast, the Academy has insulted all of us who work ‘below the line,'” Heim wrote. “Many of our members and those of other Iatse Locals are understandably upset.”

On Monday, the Academy announced that in order to shorten the Oscars broadcast, the cinematography, film editing, live-action short film and makeup and hairstyling categories will be presented during commercial breaks. The full presentations will stream live on Oscar.com and on Academy social channels, but they’ll be shown later during the live show in edited form.

Also Read: The Academy Stands Firm on Off-Air Oscars Plan - Here's How It Will Work

The decision was harshly criticized across Hollywood,
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Editors Guild President Blasts Oscars Plan: ‘It Just Isn’t a Good Idea’

  • Variety
Editors Guild President Blasts Oscars Plan: ‘It Just Isn’t a Good Idea’
Editors Guild President Alan Heim has joined the chorus of dissent to the Academy’s plans to present four Oscar categories during commercial breaks and air the moments in condensed form later in the telecast.

In an email sent Thursday night to the 8,100 members of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Heim voiced his union’s opposition to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision, which will affect the awards for best film editing, cinematography, live-action short, and makeup and hairstyling when those are presented on Feb. 24. He asked AMPAS to reverse its decision, which was announced on Feb. 11.

“It doesn’t matter which categories are affected this year or next; none of them should be,” he said. “The very idea is anathema to the collaborative nature of filmmaking. The Academy has historically honored All of the crafts involved in filmmaking and the search for better TV ratings shouldn’t affect that.
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Editors Guild Urges Academy To Reconsider Award Presentations During Commercial Breaks

  • Deadline
Exclusive: The Editors Guild has joined the tsunami of protests over the Film Academy’s decision to hand out four Oscars – including the one for Best Editing – during commercial breaks in the February 24 telecast on ABC. The Academy’s decision, which also relegates cinematographers, makeup artists and hairstylists and producers of live-action shorts to the back of the Oscar bus, is being widely viewed as a snub of below-the-line crafts – a charge the Academy vehemently disputes.

“In its mandate to shorten the Academy Awards’ telecast, the Academy has insulted all of us who work ‘below the line.’ Many of our members and those of other Iatse Locals are understandably upset,” Editors Guild president Alan Heim said tonight in an email to his members. Read the letter in full below.

Local 700’s letter follows a similar statement today by American Cinema Editors, the honor society. “Although we understand the tremendous pressure
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Richard Marks, ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ Editor, Dies at 75

  • Variety
Richard Marks, ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ Editor, Dies at 75
Richard Marks, an Oscar-nominated film editor for “Apocalypse Now,” best picture winner “Terms of Endearment,” “Broadcast News,” and “As Good as It Gets,” died unexpectedly on Dec. 31 in New York City, his widow, film editor Barbara Marks, confirmed to Variety. He was 75.

His other editing credits include “The Godfather: Part II,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Julie & Julia,” “Serpico,” “Dick Tracy,” “Riding in Cars With Boys,” “Bang the Drum Slowly,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Father of the Bride.” Marks was a producer on “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “What Planet Are You From?,” and “Pennies From Heaven.”

Marks was born on Nov. 10, 1943, in New York. He married his wife Barbara in 1967. Marks became an assistant editor on Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rain People” in 1969, then worked with Dede Allen on “Alice’s Restaurant” and “Little Big Man” in 1970. He became her co-editor on “Serpico.”

Marks received a career
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Editors Guild Leader Cathy Repola Rebukes Iatse President Matt Loeb In Year-End Missive

  • Deadline
In a year-end message to her members, Cathy Repola, national executive director of Editors Guild Local 700, said that Iatse president Matt Loeb “had no interest in any input from me” during the union’s recent negotiations for a new film and TV contract.

“He was not interested in what I had to say and was completely unwilling to have a conversation with me about the negotiation issues that were so deeply important to the livelihoods of our members,” she wrote. Citing 2018 as “a year of great awakening for our guild,” she recalled how her members stood ready to strike for shorter workdays and more funding for their pension plan – only to have their demands ignored by Loeb.

“When we held our special membership meetings in late July to discuss the ongoing negotiations,” she told her members, “you showed up en masse. After hearing the details, you sent me away from
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Iatse President Matt Loeb Rebukes Editors Guild Leaders; Calls Their Retaliation Claims Wrong And “Irresponsible”

  • Deadline
Updated with statement from Editor Guild executive: Iatse president Matt Loeb has sternly rebuked Editors Guild leaders Cathy Repola and Alan Heim, telling them that their claim that she was removed as a director of the union’s pension and health plans in retaliation for her opposition to Iatse’s new film and TV contract not only is inaccurate but “irresponsible.”

The real reason she was removed as a trustee of the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans, Loeb told them, was because of her “repeated and public objections to increasing the contributions paid by non-residual producing employers” – many of whom are members of the Editors Guild Local 700.

Loeb has said that the new agreement will pump an additional $153 million in employer contributions into the union’s health plan, but Local 700’s leadership – including national executive director Repola and president Heim – unanimously opposed the new contract, arguing that it
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Editors Guild’s Cathy Repola Cries Foul After Iatse President Matt Loeb Boots Her From Seat On Pension & Health Plans

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Iatse international president Matt Loeb has unceremoniously booted Cathy Repola off the board of directors of the union’s pension and health plans after she tangled with him over the ratification of the union’s new film and TV contract. Repola, the national executive director of the Editors Guild, Iatse Local 700, claims her removal appears to be in retaliation for her leading the opposition to the contract.

“You are being removed as a director of the Motion Picture Health, Pension and Individual Account Plans, effective today,” Loeb said in a letter sent to her on Friday (read it here). “Thank you for your service to the Plans.”

In response, Repola and Editors Guild president Alan Heim told Loeb that “it is hard to avoid the troubling conclusion that Cathy’s removal is anything other than a retaliatory act for our opposition to the terms of the 2018 Iatse Basic Agreement.
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IaTse Hollywood Members Ratify New Film & TV Contract; International Cinematographers Guild Vote To Approve – Update

  • Deadline
Update: Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild, Iatse’s largest local, voted to approve the 2018-2021 Iatse-Producer Basic Agreement along with the Local 600 Camera and Publicist Agreements by a vote of 71% to 29%. The count took place at Local 600’s Los Angeles office Wednesday and was observed by Local 600 staff and members.

Based on the ballot results of Local 600 and the other Hollywood Locals, the Iatse announced that the Iatse-Producer Basic Agreement and Hollywood Local Agreements had been ratified by 12 of the 13 Hollywood Locals. 2,473 of 6,925 Local 600 members who were eligible to vote cast ballots, which marked a return of approximately 36% an increase of last year’s ratification cycle where 28.6% of eligible members returned their ballots.

The wages negotiated in the Local 600 Camera and Publicist Agreements are retroactive to July 29, 2018. Members working since then under the Agreements may be eligible for additional pay based upon the new rates.

Previous: Iatse members have ratified
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Editors Guild Says New Media Contract So “Narrow” It Won’t Deliver On Residuals Promise

  • Deadline
In recommending a “no vote” on the ratification of new Iatse film and TV contract, Editors Guild Local 700 says that the pact’s new media residuals formula has such an “extraordinarily narrow scope” that it “excludes nearly all of new media.” In a posting on its website, the guild says that Netflix’s Bright “was the sole example cited in negotiations of a recent show that would qualify.”

Bright, the 2017 sci-fi buddy-cop film starring Will Smith, would have met the criteria because it’s longer than 96 minutes, had a budget of more than $30 million and had a limited theatrical release that qualified it to be Oscar-nominated for best makeup and hair styling.

One of the main issue in the negotiations was a rescue of the union’s underfunded pension plan, which is fast approaching “critical” status, in part because it receives no residuals payments from shows airing on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.
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Editors Guild Answers Iatse President Matt Loeb’s “Baseless” Claims Against Its Leader

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Cathy Repola, the national executive director of the Editors Guild, has fired back at Iatse president Matt Loeb, who earlier today accused her of having “violated federal labor law” by taking part in the union’s recent negotiations for a new film and TV contract.

“I grew up in an Iatse household and have been a devoted union member for over 35 years,” Repola said in a statement to Deadline. “In spite of what the Iatse leadership is indicating, it is my core belief that speaking up on behalf of issues that adversely affect the Local 700 membership is not only a right, but my primary responsibility as the national executive director.”

Her response is the latest in an escalating war of words between Loeb and the Editors Guild. Earlier this evening, Editors Guild president Alan Heim accused Loeb of making “morally and legally baseless” allegations against Repola when he accused
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Hollywood Could Be Surprised by a Massive Strike. Here Are Five Reasons Why

With less than a week left before Iatse’s current contract expires, negotiations between the West Coast membership of Iatse and the AMPTP resumed Tuesday. On the surface, this shouldn’t be cause for concern: Hollywood shows few outward signs of bracing for a strike. TV shows aren’t discussing contingency plans, and AMPTP producers have confidence that the sticking points will be ironed out. Most of all, industry veterans dismiss the idea that Iatse, which represents the vast majority of production crew, would ever strike.

However, while history may not point to a work stoppage, there are five very good reasons why those assumptions are starting to crack.

Cathy Repola’s Leadership

Two weeks ago, Cathy Repola, executive director of Motion Picture Editors Guild (Local 700), sent a letter to members that laid it out: She believed that the need for a strike authorization vote was near. “I wish I
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